Biology Lab Assistant (temporary)

Oakton Community College
Skokie, IL

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Institution Type
Community College

Job Details

Category:: Casual
Department:: Division of STEM and Health Careers
Locations:: Skokie, IL
Posted:: Mar 23, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full Time Staff
Position ID:: 144367

About Oakton Community College :

For over 50 years, Oakton Community College has been the setting where thousands begin or continue their college or career studies. Educating people of all ages, from all walks of life and from more than 40 nations, Oakton focuses on improving the quality of life for everyone who enters its doors.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:
Under general supervision, direct the operational activities and provide instructional support services in the Laboratory.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Deliver chemistry/biology/physics laboratory curricula in coordination with appropriate science departments and fellow science laboratory assistants.
2. Prepare and/or Supervise staff and student employees in lab preparations for chemistry/biology/physics lab experiments.
3. Review experimental procedures and equipment with lab instructors.
4. Assist in coordinating lab schedules and experiments.
5. Assist students and instructors as necessary.
6. Develop budget requests purchase and maintain inventory of supplies, equipment, and educational materials, examine bid specifications, and initiate request orders for supplies and equipment.
7. Initiate and supervise the maintenance and repair of lab equipment and instruments and initiate requests for supervise routine repairs of lab facilities, e.g., drains, faucets, etc.
8. Maintain the safety, security and cleanliness of assigned Oakton laboratory facilities.
9. Collect, organize and remove chemical wastes from the labs to a designated area. Maintain a list of chemical wastes.
10. Perform other job related duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:
Administrative supervision is received from the Division Dean, Program Chair, and/or designated faculty member.

Supervision Exercised:
Functional supervision is exercised over two to four student employees.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

1. Bachelor's in Science with specific course work in Chemistry and Biology or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is required.
2. Two years of related chemistry/biology lab experience with supervisory experience preferred.
3. Ability to use special laboratory instruments, computers and chemistry/biology-based software. Position requires record keeping, equipment organization, and routine maintenance skills for smooth operation of laboratory activities.
4. At times odors may be present. Safe handling of chemicals is required at all times

Additional Information:

Monday - Friday 8am - 12pm

25 hours per week

Hourly: $13.00

Application Instructions:

For further details, visit our website at and select the Employment link to view Employment Opportunities.

Please be sure to have a current resume, cover letter, and list of, at least, three (3) professional references with contact information prepared to submit with your application. One (1) of the references must be your most recent, direct supervisor.

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Oakton Community College requires all employees to adhere to a Vaccination /Testing Mandate and Mask Requirement.

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.


With more than 2,500 course offerings each term, Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs. From degree programs to non-credit career enhancement and personal enrichment courses, Oakton has something for everyone. 

Founded in 1969, Oakton is a two-year community college offering associate's degree programs and non-credit courses in northern Cook County, Illinois.

Oakton's 147-acre main campus sits in a forest preserve in Des Plaines, Illinois. A second campus in Skokie serves residents on the eastern side of the District and is home to the Art, Science, and Technology Pavilion. The College also offers continuing education classes at off-campus locations throughout the region, and many students pursue studies at home through our distance learning program.

Programs of Study
Associate's degrees in 80 areas of study prepare students to transfer to four-year institutions or to step directly into rewarding careers. Continuing education programs offer personal enrichment and career advancement opportunities through courses ranging from art to home improvement to English as a Second Language.

Oakton's 700 full- and part-time faculty members boast top academic credentials, and their true passion is teaching. In small classes, our faculty engage students as individuals and guide their learning experience.

Oakton's 46,000 credit and non-credit students represent all ages, 55 nations, and a wide range of experience. More than half come from a minority background, bringing a wealth of perspectives to campus.

Student Life
Students at Oakton participate in 50 clubs and organizations, from the Ceramics Club to Students for Social Justice, and they take a role in college governance and more through the Student Government Association and other leadership groups. A rich activities calendar offers lectures, social events, service opportunities, and more.

With a full performing arts season and a museum dedicated to the work of Chicago-area artists, Oakton Community College fosters a creative environment where the arts flourish. For students, that means opportunities to learn, create, and perform. For the community, the College offers a wide array of cultural events and opportunities to experience creativity.

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